FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

12 September 2019


In accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000




Can you give me the list of empty and abandoned properties in your district?




Do you have a Property Enforcement Officer or someone in the position who"s employed by the council to know which properties are empty or not in use?

East Herts Council Response

19 September 2019

Further to your request for information the data we can release is as follows:

[email protected] is the contact for our empty homes team

Empty commercial property is listed as part of our business rates publication


Further to your request for Information on empty residential property. It is not possible to provide the Information you requested as it is covered by a Qualified Exemption and the Council considers that it is not in the Public Interest to release the Information.

Under section 31(1)(a) of the act Prejudice to the prevention or detection of crime.

Information on this exemption can be found here:

Publication of empty residential property data may lead to criminal activity such as squatting, use in relation to drugs etc

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 17 this document acts as a Refusal Notice and the Information requested cannot be released.

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

Further Information and Guidance is available from the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Telephone 01625 545 700

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.


Thank you for your request.